Since the founding of the band in 1973, twenty people have been members (or managers) of Journey. The impact that these individuals has made on twentieth-century music is tremendous; many have produced successful solo albums and been members of other successful and important musical acts. But together, they constitute the evolution of Journey, and each has made the band and the music better for having been a member.
In this section, you will find individual band member profiles for each of the eighteen musicians and two general managers who have been with Journey over the years. Enjoy!
--The Journey Zone Staff.
BAND MEMBER PROFILES The list below is by contribution to the band, and some members are listed more than once. The profiles themselves are in alphabetical order.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Steve replaced Journey's legendary Steve Perry following the release of Trial by Fire (1996) as Journey's new permanent frontman and lead vocalist. In December, 2006, he resigned from the band to pursue a solo career.
REVIEWS: JRNYDV's Review of Steve Augeri at The Bottom Line in New York City, 12/21/01.
BIO: By LAWoman
Steve Augeri is proudly a Brooklyn Boy, born (January 30, 1959) and raised in an Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn where he still lives with his wife, Lydia, and son, Adam. The way Steve tells it, he always wanted to sing and be involved in the music business. It all started when as just a little tyke he saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show (February 9, 1964). Since then Steve has been involved in music in one way or another, from singing in Glee Club in grammar school to playing in garage bands (or basement bands as he calls them, thanks to his grandmothers) as a teenager.
Coming from a supportive, close-knit family, Steve recalls that at about the age of five his late Uncle Andy bought him and a cousin a couple of Sears & Roebuck guitars. Uncle Andy had won a Roy Shmeck Model guitar in a card game overseas in World War II along with a Hank Williams songbook. Steve recalls playing guitar with Uncle Andy every Saturday night without fail through his childhood. Perhaps it is thanks to Uncle Andy that many people, including producer Kevin Shirley, say that aside from being a great singer, Steve is a great guitarist.
Steve recalls his first public performance was in the fourth or fifth grade. One of his music teachers obviously saw his talent and taught him "La Donne Mobile" phonetically. Steve performed the piece accompanied by his teacher, Frederic Torregrossa, at the piano, for the entire school assembly.
Steve's early musical influences were Italian favorites (thanks to his father) including, of course, Frank Sinatra, with a little Motown and Sam Cooke thrown in. He was smitten with the British invasion and listened to Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, Cream, Deep Purple with a preference for things coming out of England with a blues flavor. He recalls the first record he ever owned was the 7 single "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart.
For his very first concert he saw Steve Marriott and Humble Pie from the first row when his older brother, Joe, took him to the show in NYC for his 15th birthday. Steve recalls that show made a great impression on him as he felt a connection with Steve Marriott. As Steve explains, "Thats when I knew, I've got to do this. I really have to do this." Perhaps due to his early concert-going experience, anyone who has seen Steve perform live has felt his effort to reach out and connect with the audience. In his words, "The communication between performer and audience is the difference between an average show and a spiritual experience."
Always musically inclined, as an aspiring sax player he attended the High School for the Performing Arts in New York (made famous in the film and TV show FAME) for a time and went on to graduate from New Utrecht High School in 1977. He intended to pursue a career in music education, but when his college tuition check bounced, he took that as an omen and returned home. "All I really wanted to do was come home and work on a rock n roll band, and have this dream of performing in front of thousands of people."
For the next few years he was involved in various local bands while working side-jobs as a construction worker, bank teller, and bartender. He recalls becoming a Journey fan while working in a record store in Brooklyn. When Escape was released he recalls opening case after case containing Escape and playing the album three times per day at the store. "That left an amazing impression on me. Hearing the record, it made a huge impression on me musically, vocally and I was hooked back then," Steve says.
Steve achieved some success with a band he started in 1988, Tall Stories. Tall Stories began as a band consisting of three Brazilian musicians and Steve. One by one the Brazilians got homesick, left, and were replaced by other NYC boys. In the end, the band consisted of Jack Morer (lead guitar & vocals), Tom DeFaria (drums), Kevin Totoian (bass), and, of course, Steve (lead vocals and guitar). Even back then, Steve's sound was being compared to Steve Perry and Journey. One of the demos submitted to Columbia Records at the time came back with the comments that the band sounded like "Journey meets Sade." Although Steve says he just didn't see the comparison to Perry, even Jack Morer used to jokingly tell him to lay off the Perryism. Tall Stories ended up doing many demos until Epic records (with Frank Filipetti producing) was finally sold and a self-titled CD was recorded. Unfortunately, the release of the CD was delayed about a year and was finally released in 1991, coinciding with Pearl Jam's release that brought grunge to the forefront. Along with many other great AOR releases around that time, the Tall Stories CD was ignored. It is still a gem, however, and definitely worth adding to anyone's collection. (The Tall Stories CD is available through the link in the JRNYDV store.) Tall Stories did tour after the release of their CD. In particular, Steve recalls they did two months with Mr. Big on the road and ironically, their reception in Seattle, the home of grunge back in 1992, was one of the best of the tour.
By 1994-95 the state of the music business and lack of support from their record company drove Tall Stories to try doing songs that Steve described as "absolutely out of my style...as much as we tried, I was just feeling like I wasnt true to myself any longer." One day he got a call from Brooke St. James of Tyketto (the name Tyketto came from graffiti Brooke saw painted on a wall in Brooklyn and they have no idea what it means). The band members of Tyketto and Tall Stories had gotten to know each other as they tended to play the same tri-state area in and around NYC. Brooke said the Tyketto boys were writing a new record and wondered if Steve might have some time to drop around, play some guitar and write a few songs. So Steve drove over to New Jersey and began writing with Brooke St. James (guitar), Michael Clayton Arbeeny (drums) and Jamie Scott (bass). After a week or two went by, Steve said he got the vibe that Tyketto's lead singer, Danny Vaughn, was no longer in the picture. As it turns out Danny had, in fact, left the band for personal reasons including the fact that his wife had contracted leukemia. Three weeks into the writing sessions Michael asked Steve if he would consider singing with the band.
Although Steve was still friendly with the members of Tall Stories and still loved their music and musical ideas, Tall Stories had been getting such negative responses from their record company and management that Steve decided it was time to move on. The experiences Steve was having with the remaining members of Tyketto were positive and he felt a great energy around the band so he agreed to join up with them. Originally, they were not even going to keep the name Tyketto, however, just before the release of their new record, Shine, the record company informed the band that they would not release it unless it was released as Tyketto .
Their CD, Shine, was released in 1995 and the band toured, primarily in Europe. Shine is another gem if you can find it. (Shine is currently available through www.rockdreams.com). A 1996 show recorded live in London provides half the material for Steve's only other CD with Tyketto, Take Out and Served Up Live. Take Out consists of eight live songs with Steve as well as seven other songs with Tyketto's original singer, Danny Vaughn. (Take Out is available through the link at the JRNYDV store).
According to Michael Clayton Arbeeny, Tyketto never formally called it quits. They just knew Tyketto was done when they returned from Europe in 1996 and the members went their separate ways, although they still remain friends and Steve is even friendly with Danny Vaughn, the man he replaced. Steve says his stint with Tyketto taught him some useful lessons about how to step into the shoes of a vocalist established with a band.
With the demise of Tyketto, Steve took stock of his situation. After many years of varied success, some disappointments, and dead-ends in the music business, he decided it might just be time to "grow up" as he put it, and put aside his dreams for the sake of his family. He did have a wife and a child to support. So Steve got a steady nine-to-five job as a maintenance manager for the Gap stores in Manhattan. In 1997, he was very happy and content being a family man, enjoying steady employment, and waiting for his 401k retirement plan to kick in while approaching his one-year anniversary with the Gap. Then, out of the blue, he got what turned out to be a life-changing phone call.
One day he got a call from a fellow Brooklynite, Joe Cefalu. Joe had moved from New York to the San Francisco Bay area and had become friends with fellow guitarist Neal Schon. Through Neal, Joe knew that Journey just happened to be looking for a new vocalist to replace Steve Perry, who had been sidelined with health problems. At that point Steve had not sung for two years and had really begun to settle into his life as a family man with a steady job. So Steve said thanks, it was flattering to be thought of, but Journey was out of his league. Joe persisted and got Steve to agree to send a tape of his work with Tall Stories. As it turned out, Steve still thought the whole idea was just crazy and never sent a tape. Fortunately for all the fans, Joe Cefalu took matters into his own hands and put a tape together of Steve's work and submitted it to Neal.
As it turns out, Neal was already familiar with Steve's work. Neal recalls that when he was in Bad English and living in L.A., he was out driving in his truck one day, heard the Tall Stories song "Wild On The Run" come on the radio, and had to pull off the road. He thought it was a Journey song he had forgotten. Fortunately that song and Steve's voice stuck in Neal's brain and when Neal and Jonathan heard the tape passed on by Joe Cefalu, Neal made the fateful call to Steve Augeri.
As Steve tells the story, when he got the call from Neal, he thought it was a joke. Then he got a call from Jonathan. He still wasnt sure so he called his friend, Joe, who said, You better sit down, Steve. Steve ended up begging Neal and Jonathan for a couple of weeks to get his voice in shape. He asked for a leave of absence from his job at the Gap and before he knew it, he was on a plane out to Jonathan's studio in the Bay Area for a week-long audition.
The rest is history. Steve spent a week with Jonathan and Neal auditioning and checking out their chemistry. They prepared three main songs, "Don't Stop Believin'," "Faithfully" and "Separate Ways" which were going to be submitted to John Kalodner to get his opinion. Steve says that as he had one foot out the door back to New York, he turned around and said he wanted to give "Open Arms" a try. Apparently everyone was impressed because as we all know, Steve, who had taken one last run at his lifelong dream, got the job.
The reality that his dream was coming true hit Steve during his first public performance with Journey at the Marin Civic Center in the spring of 1998. The show was specifically for friends and family and he recalls his wife and son were sitting in about the 20th row. Somewhere during the first song he caught a glimpse of his family out of the corner of his eye and he thought "I can't believe this is actually happening." He says he remembers tears welling up in his eyes and momentarily he had trouble going on and singing, realizing he was living his lifelong dream. The show did go on and everyone was impressed with Steve. From that moment on, Steve has been helping the Journey continue.
Since joining Journey in the spring of 1998, Steve has toured with Journey and recorded "Remember Me" for the soundtrack to the motion picture Armageddon (released June 1998) as well as the CD Arrival (released April 2001) and a live DVD, Journey 2001 (released December 2001). Steve and the band are currently working on new material that will be released as an EP for their Summer 2002 tour with a full-length CD to follow near the end of the year.
As Jonathan Cain puts it, "Steve is the guy that goes to the next plane. He's an ambassador who represents the legacy of what Journey's about. He's a great guy to have at the helm. He's got moxy. He's tough. He's humble and he's talented. He's just one of those guys who are very passionate and dedicated to his craft."
As Steve puts it, "I was thinking to myself just how much I love doing what I`m doing and how incredibly fortunate I really am. Music is everything to me. It`s with me when I`m with my family, when I`m doing dishes, throwing out the stinking garbage. It`s there when I lay my head down on my pillow, when I first open my eyes in the morning. It was there during my dreams, it in fact it was my dream. Is it fun? It`s the best kind of fun. I`m smiling just thinking about it now."
Steve gives every one of us hope that dreams can come true and that the good among us sometimes finish on top.
You can purchase albums by Tall Stories and Tyketto, Steve's previous bands, in the MERCHANDISE Section.
ALBUMS WITH JOURNEY: Trial by Fire, Arrival, Red 13
OTHER BANDS: Bush, REO Speedwagon, Dan Fogelberg, The Eagles, and many more.
MISCELLANEOUS: After engineering the Eagles' Hell Freezes Over reunion album and tour, Azoff and his management team stepped in to replace Herbie Herbert for the 1996 Journey reunion album, Trial by Fire, and the band's subsequent re-incarnation with singer Steve Augeri and drummer Deen Castronovo.
Irving Azoff has been quoted as saying "I never met an asshole in the record business I didn't like." Source.
OTHER BANDS: Air Supply, America, George Benson, Stephen Bishop, Michael Bolton, Peabo Bryson, Irene Cara, Cher, Joe Cocker, Natalie Cole, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Sheena Easton, Yvonne Elliman, Art Garfunkel, Hall & Oates, Ritchie Havens, Billy Idol, Julio Iglesias, Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight, Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Loggins, Manhattan Transfer, Barry Manilow, Ricky Martin, Richard Marx, Johnny Mathis, Bill Medley, Bette Midler, Eddie Money, Juice Newton, The Pointer Sisters, Kenny Rogers, Timothy B. Schmidt, Dan Seals, Rick Springfield, Barbara Streisand, Donna Summer, and many more.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Mike Baird served as drummer during the brief Raised on Radio tour.
BANDS BEFORE JOURNEY: Bad English, Jason Becker, George Bellas, Stef Burns, Cacophony, Steve Fontano, Marty Friedman, Geezer, Matt Guillory, Hardline, Tony Macalpine, Mike Mani, Peter Marrino, James Murphy, Paul Northfield, Ted Nugent, Jimmy O'Shea, Ozzy Osborne, Ricky Phillips, Tony Phillips, Paul Rodgers, Neal Schon, Mark Spiro, Joey Tafolla, Devin Townsend, Steve Vai, Mike Varney, Von Groove, Wild Dogs, Richie Zito
Additional information courtesy Milarus/DrummersWorld.com.
CHILDREN: Gretchen, Bibs, Taylor, and Dash (R.I.P. 1995-2000)
CONTRIBUTION TO JOURNEY: Drums
YEARS WITH JOURNEY: 1974-1978
ALBUMS WITH JOURNEY: Journey, Look Into the Future, Next, Infinity
Blue Whale (1970)
Joy to the World (2000)
BANDS BEFORE JOURNEY: Leo Rutherford, Merseysippi Jazz Band, Derrie Wilkie and the Pressmen, The Flamingos, Freddie Starr and the Flamingos, Excheckers, Stu James and the Mojos, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Eddie Boyd, Paul Butterfield, Jeff Beck Group, The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, Flo & Eddie, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Lou Reed.
BANDS SINCE JOINING JOURNEY: Sammy Hagar, Jefferson Starship, Whitesnake, Pat Travers, UFO, John Lee Hooker, Michael Schenker, Eric Burdon and the New Animals.
REASON FOR LEAVING JOURNEY: Fired by the band and Manager Herbie Herbert, officially for not fitting in with the band's new musical direction, but probably for unprofessional behavior (according to a recent Herbie Herbert interview).
HOMETOWN/CURRENT RESIDENCE: Los Angeles, California
MARITAL STATUS: Married to Sylvia
CHILDREN: Austin, b. 1989
CONTRIBUTION TO JOURNEY: Lead vocal
YEARS WITH JOURNEY: 1977
ALBUMS WITH JOURNEY: Time (Cubed) (1992) (also wrote some of the material for Infinity  )
Perfect Stranger (1979)
World in Your Eyes (2002)
BANDS PRIOR TO JOINING JOURNEY: Staggerwing, Shatterminx, Asia, and more.
WORK SINCE LEAVING JOURNEY: Channel, Vinny Vincent (Kiss), Carlos Santana, Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Michael Schenker, Ritchie Blackmore, Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney), Steve Hunter (Peter Gabriel), Steve Vai, Lenny Kravitz. Was staff writer for Almo Irving Music Publishing.
REASON FOR LEAVING JOURNEY: Professional difficulties with Manager Herbie Herbert; Steve Perry was also already being considered as a replacement.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Robert Fleischman's brief stint as frontman/lead vocalist occurred during 1977, when the band was transitioning from its fusion roots towards melodic rock.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the hard rock capital of the world, Robert Fleischman has enjoyed tremendous success as a vocalist, songwriter and performer during his career. Robert exploded onto the booming California music scene in the late 1970s when he joined a then-unknown San Francisco band, looking to make the transformation from rock-fusion to a more radio-friendly, commercial rock sound. This band, Journey, would go on to become one of the most successful rock bands in the history of music. Robert wrote and performed with Journey for nine months, but when vocalist Steve Perry was brought in, Journey would never look back, continuing the AOR sound that Fleischman was anyway instrumental in helping the band establish. With the platinum success of Journey's Infinity album on which Robert's songs were prominently featured, the name Robert Fleischman quickly became synonymous with hit songwriting.
Robert signed a deal with Arista Records and recorded a solo album, Perfect Stranger (1979), which included former Journey bandmates Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie. A successful solo tour would follow the release of the album, including shows with Van Halen, Eddie Money, Boston, and Sammy Hagar. In the early 1980s Robert formed the explosive melodic rock band Channel. The band was signed to Epic Records and they released their self-titled debut in 1984 to great critical success. Channel, however, was short lived because of a new opportunity that would soon be calling for Robert. Robert later joined Vinnie Vincent (ex-KISS) and fellow band members Dana Strum and Bobby Rock to record Vinnie Vincent Invasion (Chrysalis) in 1986. The record featured Robert's piercing vocals and Vincent's wicked guitar playing and included the hit single "Boyz Are Gonna Rock".
Over the next decade, Robert would greatly expand his involvement in the music industry. Featured as a staff songwriter for the prestigious Almo Irving Publishing, Robert played an integral part in some of the decade's top hits. Robert would also begin a career as a composer, writing musical score for feature film and television projects until he met music agent and manager Michael S. Robinson while pursuing a film-scoring project. A big fan of Robert's work, both as a composer and a singer/songwriter, the two quickly become friends and began a mission together. This mission was to thrust Robert's long-silenced voice back into the AOR spotlight. World In Your Eyes delivers a dynamic, traditional AOR sound that Robert's fans have come to expect, with an updated edge that propels Robert's songs into the new Millennium. Among the songs "Over My Head" was penned by none other than Canadian hitmaker Bryan Adams.
World In Your Eyes features both as a performer and songwriter The Storm/Two Fires/Hardline guitarist Josh Ramos, as well as Heaven & Earth members Richie Onori on drums and Marvin Sperling on bass plus Edward Roth on keyboards. Production duties, some guitars, keyboards and background vocals have been supplied by Kelly Hansen (Hurricane).
Read the Journey Zone exclusive interview with Robert Fleischman HERE.
Additional information courtesy Robert Fleischman/Michael Fleischman/Milarus/Steven Lake.
OTHER BANDS: The BeeGees, Jon Bon Jovi, Laura Branigan, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Carmen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, Peter Cetera, Tracy Chapman, Cher, The Chipmunks, Cinnamon, Leonard Cohen, Crosby Stills & Nash, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Neil Diamond, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Yvonne Elliman, Dan Fogelberg, John Fogerty, Glen Frey, Mickey Gilley, Arlo Guthrie, Hall & Oates, Don Henley, Carole King, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gordon Lightfoot, Dave Mason, Steve Miller, Eddie Money, Rick Nelson, Aaron Neville, Juice Newton, Wayne Newton, Stevie Nicks, Donny Osmond, Dolly Parton, Steve Perry, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Adam Sandler, Timothy B. Schmidt, Bob Seger, Carly Simon, The Simpsons, Percy Sledge, Patty Smith, Dusty Springfield, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Donna Summer, Randy Travis, USA for Africa, and many more.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Bob Glaub played bass for Journey on three tracks of Raised on Radio.
Headshot and additional information courtesy Milarus.
INTERVIEW: Read Castles Burning, Matt Carty's Exclusive Interview with Herbie Herbert.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Herbie Herbert got his start in the business managing Frumious Bandersnatch, where he met Ross Valory and George Tickner, and the multi-platinum-selling band Santana, where he met Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie. When that band imploded in 1973, Herbert put together the original lineup of Journey and remained their manager through 1993, when Steve Perry asked that he resign. Since then, Herbie has moved from backstage into the spotlight, recording three albums as Sy Klopps and touring the San Francisco Bay Area with the Sy Klopps Band, which has included such Journey band members as Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, Prairie Prince, and Ross Valory.
OTHER BANDS: Mariah Carey, Tracy Chapman, Billy Cobham, Destiny's Child, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Trey Lorenz, Patti LaBelle, Madonna, NSYNC, and many more.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Of the four musicians hired to fill the shoes of Ross Valory and Steve Smith during the recording of Raised on Radio and the subsequent tour (1986), only Randy Jackson appeared both on the album itself and live with the band, thus making him the only one who came close to being considered a full-fledged member of the band. He had also previously appeared as an additional bassist on Frontiers (1983). His membership was, of course, temporary; the band cut the tour short due to Steve Perry's exhaustion and went on a hiatus which lasted ten years. During the hiatus, Randy maintained his friendship with Steve Perry, and helped him put together his band for the For the Love of Strange Medecine solo album (1994) and tour (1995). Following the hiatus, Smith and Valory returned to the band for Trial by Fire (1996), thus eliminating the possibility of a return to Journey for Randy Jackson.
Randy's bio from the American Idol Website reads as follows: "Randy Jackson is a twenty-year music industry veteran. For eight years, he was the V.P. of A&R at Columbia Records followed by four years as Senior V.P. of A&R at MCA Records.
"Randy has recorded, toured and performed with the likes of: *NSYNC, Madonna, Elton John, Destiny's Child and many more.
"Randy has worked on over one thousand gold and multi-platinum albums. With his amazing talent, immense studio knowledge, performing, touring and record company experience, Randy has become one of today's most highly sought-after music industry experts."
In July, 2003, Randy undewent the Minimally Invasive Fobi-Pouch Gastric Bypass Surgery in July 2004 at Tri City Regional Medical Center in Hawaiian Gardens, California. The hospital is the home of the Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity under the medical direction of Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, M.D. F.A.C.S. Gastric bypass surgery involves the separation of the stomach into a smaller functional stomach and is usually performed to help the chronically obese. The Fobi technique inserts a ring around the new, smaller stomach to prevent it from enlarging. It is extremely dangerous (1 in 200 chance of death during the procedure) and extremely uncomfortable afterwards. Randy is recovering fine and has lost a lot of weight.
Additional information courtesy Ngwebifor/Milarus/Scott Gardner. Please note that there are apparently at least three Randy Jacksons in the music industry: as well as Journey/American Idol's Randy Jackson, there is the lead vocalist/guitarist of the heavy metal band Zebra, as well as the youngest sibling of Michael Jackson's family. Journey/American Idol's Randy Jackson is no relation to either of them.
More pictures of Randy Jackson can be viewed HERE.
OTHER GIGS Chet Atkins, Roseanne Cash, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Crystal Gayle, The Grand Ole' Opry, Merle Haggard, Hee Haw, Waylon Jennings, Brenda Lee, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McIntyre, Ronnie Milsap, Dolly Parton, Steve Perry, Elvis Presley, Charley Pride, Charley Rich, Roy Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Snow, Porter Wagoner, Hank Williams, Jr., Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Neil Young, and many more.
EXCERPTS From a 1992 Interview with James Byron Fox: "I just got a call from Steve Perry one day to come and play drums. I've heard some of the stories that surrounded that album, but I think the whole thing was kind'a blown out of proportion. The whole thing boiled down to the fact that Perry and the producer wanted to use a click track. I never knew whether Steve Smith refused to play with a click track because he felt it insulted him, or if he just couldn't handle it, I've heard both stories - but that's why they called me. I laid down the drum tracks and got my paycheck and that was the extent of my involvement. Steve Smith went out on tour with Journey when the album came out,* so whatever the deal was everything worked out okay in the end. It worked out especially good for me because Steve Perry had me play on his Street Talk solo album and I even got a few points on that one. 'Oh Sherrie' was a giant hit."
Interviewer: "What do you have planned for the future?"
"I'm working on the solo album and I'm launching a Video Production Company. I've been working with one of my heros, Joe Morello, and if everything works out I hope to do a video and a clinic tour with him after the Marlboro Music Festival 'Guitar Masters' concerts with Chet wind up and Joe gets some contractual things hashed out. I've also got some things on the books with Merle Haggard and Chet has asked me to play with him at the Presidential Command Performance next spring."
Larrie Londin played at the Presidential Command Performance with Chet Atkins. On April 24, 1992, he collapsed following a performance and he spent four months in a vegetative state. He died August 24, 1992.
*Actually it was Mike Baird--Ed.
Headshot courtesy DrummerWorld.com/additional information courtesy Milarus.
Click HERE for our 2003 Birthday Present to Steve Perry!
NAME: Stephen Ray Perry
DATE OF BIRTH: January 22, 1949
HOMETOWN: Hanford, California
CURRENT RESIDENCE: San Diego, California
CONTRIBUTION TO JOURNEY: Lead vocal
YEARS WITH JOURNEY: 1978-1997
ALBUMS WITH JOURNEY: Infinity, Evolution, Departure, Dream, After Dream, Captured (Live), Escape, Frontiers, Raised on Radio, Trial by Fire
Street Talk (1984)
For the Love of Strange Medecine(1994)
Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased (1998)
BANDS BEFORE JOURNEY: The Sullies, The Alien Project
BANDS SINCE JOINING JOURNEY: Jason Becker, Berlin Airlift, Jon Bon Jovi, Clannad, Sammy Hagar, Jan Hammer, Kenny Loggins, USA for Africa
REASON FOR LEAVING JOURNEY: Medical troubles
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Steve Perry was hired to join Journey as frontman and lead vocalist in 1978 when the band was undergoing a major change from its fusion-oriented roots towards melodic rock. Perry added an appreciation for the soul and rhythm & blues giants of the 1960s, as well as a penchant for writing top-forty tunes (not to mention a voice the quality of which has rarely been seen in popular music). Perry's voice, along with Schon's guitar technique and Cain's songwriting skill, has been credited for making Journey what it is today.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Prairie Prince's brief stint as the drummer and a founding member of Journey ended in 1974 when he left the band to pursue what turned out to be an extremely successful career as drummer for The Tubes.
Headshot and background courtesy of the-tubes.com. Additional information courtesy Milarus/Airplane.com.
HOMETOWN: Gregg was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in Palo Alto, California
CURRENT RESIDENCE: San Diego, California
MARITAL STATUS: Married to Lori (1981)
CHILDREN: Sean (1986) and Ashley (1990)
EDUCATION: Two years at Foothill College
CONTRIBUTION TO JOURNEY: Piano, Organ, Lead vocal, Backing vocal
YEARS WITH JOURNEY: 1973-1980
ALBUMS WITH JOURNEY: Journey, Look Into the Future, Next, Infinity, Evolution, Departure, Dream, After Dream, Captured (Live)
Gregg Rolie (1985)
Rough Tracks (1999)
BANDS BEFORE JOURNEY: William Penn and his Pals, Santana
BANDS SINCE JOINING JOURNEY: Santana, The Storm, Abraxas Pool
REASON FOR LEAVING JOURNEY: Official reason: "Too much pressure, too much work." According to a recent Herbie Herbert interview, however, there is reason to believe that it was tension between Rolie and Steve Perry which caused his Departure.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Already famous as the longtime lead singer of Santana, Gregg Rolie made a risky and even controversial move when he left that band in 1973. As a founder and the original lead singer/keyboardist of Journey, Rolie's gamble paid off. Rolie left Journey following the Departure tour (1980), and since then he has done various things, not the least of which has been his contribution to The Storm as keyboardist and occasional lead singer.
Read the Jrnydv.Com exclusive interviews with Gregg Rolie and members of his band HERE.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Having turned down a position with Eric Clapton's band to play with Santana at the age of fifteen, Neal helped found Journey and is the only member to have appeared on every Journey album. Prior to Journey's 1996 reunion, Neal cut two albums with Bad English and had a solo venture which produced several albums. Neal designs his own guitars and dedicated his first solo album to his son, Miles Joseph Schon.
Neal responded to one of JRNYDV's questions in the Ask Journey section of Back Talk. The text is as follows:
JRNYDV (1/26/02 12:33 PM PST): ...Any chance of a thirtieth reunion concert in December '03 with [Ross,] Gregg, George, and Prairie (or Aynsley)? I live in Virginia now and in '03 I might be back in NYC. And I'm not a fan of air travel. But I would fly all the way to San Francisco to see that show.
Neal Schon (1/26/02 6:36 PM PST): We'll see how Gregg feels about it in 2003. I've been trying to make this happen for quite some time now. He's the only one that has been uninterested at this point.
Jrnydv.Com's 2003 Birthday Tribute to Steve Smith can be viewed HERE.
NAME: Steven Bruce Smith
DATE OF BIRTH: August 21, 1954, in Brockton, Massachusetts
HOMETOWN: Whitman, Massachussetts
CURRENT RESIDENCE: San Francisco, CA
PARENTS: Lorraine and Bruce
SIBLINGS: Lynne, Greg, Andy, and Matthew
MARITAL STATUS: Steve divorced in 1993 after twelve years of marriage and since then has been a single dad.
CHILDREN: Ian (1981), Elizabeth (1985)
CONTRIBUTION TO JOURNEY: Drums
YEARS WITH JOURNEY: 1979-1986, 1995-1996
ALBUMS WITH JOURNEY: Evolution, Departure, Dream, After Dream, Captured (Live), Escape, Frontiers, Raised on Radio, Trial by Fire
BANDS BEFORE JOURNEY: Lin Biviano, Buddy DeFranco, Focus, The Fringe, Gil Goldstein, Jean-Luc Ponty, Montrose
BANDS SINCE JOINING JOURNEY:
The Buddy Rich Big Band,
Francesco De Gregori,
Montreal Drum Fest,
Turtle Island String Quartet,
Y & T,
BAND LEADER OF: Vital Information
REASON FOR LEAVING JOURNEY: Fired during the recording of Raised on Radio (1986) for creative differences, Smith returned for the Trial by Fire (1996) reunion.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Having been trained at Massachussetts' prestigious Berklee School of Music and played with Jean-Luc Ponty in the 1970s, Smith was hired following the Infinity tour (1978) to replace Aynsley Dunbar on drums for Journey. During his tenure with the band, he earned the nicknames "Machine Gun" and "The Animal" for his prowess on the drums. During Journey's nearly decade-long hiatus and again after the 1996 reunion, Smith has devoted much of his time to his own jazz band, Vital Information. Smith also performed with Gregg Rolie and Ross Valory on The Storm's self-titled first album (1989).
From a recent interview in Rhythm Magazine: "The record companies have figured out formulas to re-create the success of certain groups. Then there's the much overlooked but serious influence of the de-evolution of the music--another American invention perfected by you guys! Iggy Pop and the Ramones, perfected by the Sex Pistols! [laughs] My take on that is that there was musical excellence, even in rock, from the Beatles, Hendrix to Zeppelin--but then there was a sub culture that said screw musicianship, you don't have to be able to play, to have musical ability, to be a pop star -- and the punks proved that, so eventually that sub-culture became the culture. And record companies go for it because people buy it. People are really confused, they can't tell the difference between what's good and what isn't and if you don't KNOW the difference... what IS the difference?"
REASON FOR LEAVING JOURNEY: fired after seven months.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Jeff Scott replaced Journey's longtime frontman, Steve Augeri, in 2006 following Steve's decision to resign in favor of a solo career.
"Right off the bat, Journey's new lead singer is fantastic. Jeff Scott Soto is a supremely talented vocalist who handled with ease the many sky-high notes and the mile-long range in Journey's repertoire. Steve Perry fans have never gotten over the original lead singer's departure from the band, but I'm here to tell you this guy rocks the role. And yes, if you close your eyes he sounds just like Perry, but -- dare I say it? -- maybe even more passionate and full of verve. Hits such as 'I'll Be Alright Without You' and 'Wheel in the Sky' showcased his mighty voice." --Lorilee Craker, Grand Rapids Press
"The one-time Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist channeled (Steve) Perry flawlessly, nailing all the high notes and then some.Soto's got it going on." --Christopher John Treacy, Boston Herald
"Could Soto cut it? Yes. And then some. His vocals and stage presence were impressive." --Dave Ferman, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
"Soto is a really strong vocalist, so instead of struggling to emulate (Steve) Perry's laser-beam vibrato, he can get away with a style that mixes grainy power with effortless key changes." --Johnny Loftus, Metro Times Detroit.
BANDS BEFORE JOURNEY: Frumious Bandersnatch, James Trumbo
REASON FOR LEAVING JOURNEY: Entered medical school
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: George Tickner's name has been resurfacing a lot lately, mostly in connection with Ross Valory's Hive, a private studio in Northern California. Often referred to as Journey's "forgotten member", Tickner's role in the early formation of the band is being revisited lately due to the resurgence of Neal Schon and Ross Valory's importance in the decision-making process of the band. Tickner's name has been mentioned in recent interviews with both Ross Valory (The Ask Journey Forum of Back Talk, January 2002) and Neal Schon (Classic Rock Revisited, March 2002). There is speculation that Mr. Tickner may make a guest appearance with his former band-mates, either in a new studio track, live on the road, or at a potential thirtieth reunion of the original Journey in December, 2003.
ALBUMS WITH JOURNEY: Journey, Look Into the Future, Next, Infinity, Evolution, Departure, Dream, After Dream, Captured (Live), Escape, Frontiers, Trial by Fire, Arrival, Red 13
BANDS BEFORE JOURNEY: Frumious Bandersnatch, Steve Miller
BANDS SINCE JOINING JOURNEY: Schon & Hammer, The Storm, Neal Schon, Neil Zaza, Sy Klopps.
REASON FOR LEAVING JOURNEY: fired in 1986 over creative differences; returned in 1996
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Formerly of Frumious Bandersnatch, Ross is one of the founding members of Journey. Ross has appeared on every Journey album except Raised on Radio (1986). Ross played bass for The Storm prior to Journey's 1996 reunion.